Friday, January 20, 2012

SHANTY BOAT BILL: What A Frustration!

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I AM JUST SO FRUSTRATED!

A book I ordered came today.

What is it about this delivery that is so frustrating, 
you may ask?

Didn't I want the book?

I WANTED THE BOOK IN THE WORSE WAY!
The problem is I am already reading two books!


Brousing for free or nearly free books in Amazon, I came across this book for maybe $4.00 mostly shipping.  I could have bought it for my Kindle but I didn't.  I wanted to fondle it in my hands.  I have such a desire to "Huckleberry Finn" it on a shantyboat on the Ohio River.  Only my slothfulness, plus a hip with bone-grinding-on-bone and being up to my neck in other fun things, has kept me from being in warm waters right now in my own shantyboat.

The good Lord willing and the krick don't get too high, I'll start building my own shanty boat this coming summer.  I wanted to build it in the worse way in 2010 but had to undergo a year of drugged up imobility with a bad hip that was replaced just after Christmas.

I am presently reading Bill O'Reily's "Killing Lincoln"  and Tom Clancy's new book "Locked on".  "Lincoln" is stowed beside the pot in the bathroom and "Locked On" is always near at hand on my Kindle.  I just can't start a third book.  BOO!

The setting for the book is in my old stomping grounds, the place where I started life, at the "toe of the boot".  Down stream from Marietta, Ohio the Ohio River makes a series of bends that ends up looking just like a boot.  Point Pleasant, WV is at the "toe" of the boot.  Shantyboat Bill's trip down stream started across the river from the "toe".  I have been down the river as far a Evansville, IN.

The very first paragraph of the book brings back such poignant memories:  "He walked with a peculiar gait, snapping his left foot forward each time before putting it down.  This prevented the sole of his shoe, which was ripped loose all the way back to the instep, from rolling under and being stepped on".  Been there, done that!


In the Great Depression of the '30s, we only got shoes in the fall of the year, they were bought a size large because they had to last until the following summer when we would again go barefooted.  All of the neighbor boys did the same.  At the end of the shoes life, they would start to come apart.  The sole, or heel, would be nailed back on using a shoe last.  Then, eventually, the nail would work its way through the inner sole and start to make a hole in the bottom of your foot.  Yep!  Been There Done That!  I'm going to so enjoy this book.  I'll write a review on it when finished.


BTW, (thats bye-the-way for Maude and all the good folks in Simi Valley, CA),  Amazon had additional free or $0.99 copies of this book.  Just pay shipping.  Yes, they are used but this one is in very good shape.

 SLOTHFUL?

I might mention that this blog set a new record for me.  This is blog number 28 for the month.  My previous monthly record was 27 blogs.  And, I still have eleven days to go in the month. I am striving to double the record 180 blogs I wrote last year and to redouble the readership which I doubled last year.  IS THIS AT ALL IMPORTANT?  Not really, but after 20+ years of retirement, one has a bit of time on their hands and challenges are few

God Bless You and Yours

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